Summer is in full swing, and Georgia residents are making the most of it. For many, summer is a time to get out of the house and have some fun. Planning an excursion near or far requires a bit of planning, and people may get a bit frazzled trying to keep up with closures, weather and other details. Drivers should be aware that being well prepared can make or break plans, but trying to check on various details while driving may result in citations for traffic offenses.
Georgia State Police recently revealed that over 50,000 tickets for distracted driving have been issued within the state in the last two years. These numbers do not include tickets issued by local police departments. Distracted driving can result in injury or death for innocent people, so law enforcement takes the matter seriously.
As a driver, it can be hard to imagine that becoming distracted for a moment behind the wheel can be as deadly as drinking or speeding. Losing focus on the road for even a second or two increases the risk of an accident. Distracted driving doesn’t just mean being on the phone; it also may include fussing with radio controls, reaching for an object in the vehicle, or turning around to tend to a child or pet in the back seat.
In many cases, when a person is accused of distracted driving, it is the driver’s word against the word of an officer who allegedly had reason to think a driver was distracted. This can be a difficult thing to prove, and it is technically not against the law to change the station, unwrap a sandwich or find sunglasses while a person is driving. People who feel like they have been unfairly charged with traffic offenses may want to dispute the matter in a court of law. Fortunately, an attorney can help a client place the burden of proof squarely upon the prosecution and work toward a favorable outcome for a wrongly accused driver.